Park Board Minutes

March 19, 2007

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on March 19, 2007.

  1. Call To Order
    The meeting was called to order by Park Board Chairperson Dick Niemann at 6:34 pm.
  2. Roll Call
    Present were Park Board members:  Kate Reilly, Richard Niemann, Ron Helgeson and Doug Datta Absent was member Kari Kyllo (Kari Kyllo informed Steve Stadler via email that she would miss the March 19 meeting).  Also present was Hopkins staff liaison Steve Stadler.
    Chairperson Niemann welcomed New Park Board member Doug Datta to the Board.  Doug then introduced himself, described his interest in the Park Board and mentioned his past involvement with the Hopkins Area Little League, City of Winona Jaycees and State of Minnesota Jaycees organizations.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    K. Reilly moved and R. Niemann seconded a motion to approve the minutes for the January 8, 2007 meeting.  On the vote, the minutes were approved 4-0.
  4. Business
    1. Neighborhood and City Park Improvement Planning
      The Board discussed the proposed park classification system and the chart showing minimum equipment standards for neighborhood parks.  It was decided that the Downtown Park would be classified a "Special Purpose Area."  Further, the Board decided that they would prefer to label the park features that would not normally be considered at the smaller parks (less than 2.0 acres) or at parks that do not have reasonable off-street parking.  The park features that would be allowable at any neighborhood park would be:  tables, BBQ grill/s, benches, passive open space, drinking fountain, play equipment and picnic shelter.  A revised chart will be provided at the next meeting.  The discussion then moved to the proposed letter to residents and attached neighborhood park survey form.  The Board suggested some minor changes to the cover letter and requested that the second page of the survey be revised to a chart format that will provide feedback on both number of different age groups per household as well as how each age group uses the neighborhood park.  The Board asked about mailing to individual apartment units - staff will check into this.  Steve Stadler mentioned an upcoming City Council Work session on April 24 to update the Council on Park Board actions, including the neighborhood park improvement planning and the strategic plan.  Park Board members were encouraged to attend this meeting. 
    2. City-wide Survey
      Staff reported that the draft survey is still being developed but that members would have an opportunity to review and comment on the draft survey form before it's final.  The timing is to conduct the telephone survey in late April/Early May and have results within a month later.
    3. Park Board Mission
      Staff reviewed the proposed 2007 Strategic Plan for final Park Board approval.  The Board requested a minor change to the Mission Statement, to add purpose statements to the action steps under Goal #1, Objective #1, and add an action step #4 under Goal #1, Objective #2 regarding the city-owned natural area adjacent to Minnehaha Creek @ Hopkins Crossroads.  With the aforementioned revisions noted, Kate Reilly moved to approve the 2007 Strategic Plan, seconded by Ron Helgeson - the motion passed on a 4-0 vote.  
    4. Comprehensive Plan Update
      Staff reviewed a March 8, 2007 memo to the Park Board members regarding the three upcoming neighborhood meetings on April 30, May 3 and May 7 and on the plan to meet with the planning consultant at the May 21 Park Board Meeting to discuss proposed updates to the Park, Open Spaces and Trails section of the plan.
    5. Capital Improvement Plan - initial review/input for 2008-2012 plan
      The Board agreed to move the Co Rd 3 Beautification Corridor project from 2008 to 2009.  This project should be separated into two separate projects:  memorial gardens - $20,000 and miniature golf course - $60,000.  There were no other proposed changes at this time. 
    6. Park Area Assignments Report:  No report at this meeting.
      Park assignments are: 
      • Kate Reilly:  Maetzold Field, Interlachen Park and Shady Oak Beach.
      • Kari Kyllo:  Hilltop, Buffer and Burnes Parks
      • Ron Helgeson:  Valley Park, Central Park, Oakes Park
      • Richard Niemann:  Cottageville Park, Harley Hopkins Park, Elmo Park
      • Doug Datta:  Park Valley Playground, Shady Oak Nature Area,
        Downtown Park, Hiawatha Oaks natural area  
  5. Next Scheduled Meeting
    May 21, 2007, 6:30 pm
    City Council Chambers
  6. Adjournment
    Kate Reilly moved and Ron Helgeson seconded a motion to adjourn.  The motion carried on a 4-0 vote.  The meeting adjourned at 9:48 pm.